Check out what folks did in LA last night:
‘Thousands protest over Prop 8, LAPD on tactical alert,’ photo: Kevin Ballie, from the Blend piece linked below.
**[Other gatherings planned up and down the state today — Mission Viejo, Palm Springs, Long Beach, Santa Barbara, San Diego — listed here.]
Even if I’m not up to writing much right now, and even if I have to be at home at sundown because I have two small children in need of dinner and baths and bed and my partner’s working the swing shift, I can very proudly pass on the news that the people aren’t taking this fundamental civil rights taken out of our hands and written out of the constitution by popular vote, with a narrow margin at that, all based on a campaign chock full of lies stuff lying down.
From “‘but we will soldier on.’ On Prop 8,” by theantidesi101 at Pam’s House Blend:
From the darkest moments of the LGBT rights movement have risen the greatest coming together of our community. If victories make us complacent, it is our defeats that rally us to a new level of community and activism. We stood up after mortal blows from Anita Bryant pushing her anti-gay vitriol in Florida. We rallied to the bedside of Matthew Shephard in his family’s time of tribulation. More recently, we re-committed our vows to protect our youngest members in the wake of the murder of Lawrence King by a fellow classmate. In the wake of the passage of Prop 8, we see now and will see another historic re-awakening of our community.
He embeds both photos and video and Maya Angelou’s “And Still I Rise.”
I’m just saying.
More coverage at Towelroad, “Thousands Join Marriage Equality Protest at L.A. Mormon Church.”, and The Advocate, “Prop 8 Protest Takes Over Los Angeles.” Both filed last night, 6 Nov. 2008.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE BAY AREA AND CAN COME:
*[More here at Pam’s House Blend: “Lots of Prop 8 action.”
Such as, Melissa Etheridge getting all “Taxation without representation!” on us:
“Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.” She added at the end of her statement, “Come to think of it, I should get a federal tax break too.”.
From a piece Etheridge contributed today (7 Nov. 2008) to The Daily Beast: “You Can Forget My Taxes,” via Pam’s piece. I may have to go out and buy my very first Melissa Etheridge album.]